Sunday, 10 December 2006

Design Tips For A Small Kitchen

OWNERS of small kitchens can feel they have been left out when it comes to getting some high quality bespoke cabinetry.

It can seem that none of the beautiful layouts featured online or in magazines come anywhere near their ideal. As one customer said: "My little kitchen would have fitted into the space left for the breakfast bar!"

Just because you have a small kitchen doesn't mean you don't have style. But it is vital to make every square inch work for you, and work hard. D├ęcor and lighting are two ways to give the illusion of space. And you must choose the right appliances.

Small kitchens may seem to be a very difficult design challenge, but they can also be functional, beautiful and efficient.

To create a more spacious look for your small kitchen design you need creative storage solutions, mixing natural and ambient lighting, taking advantage of more space saving appliances, and adding personalised touches.

Some ideas to try include:

1. Putting an island in the centre of the kitchen that can provide freestanding storage that is also convenient from any spot in the kitchen.

2. Using a galley kitchen design in which the cabinets and appliances line up on either side of a corridor can work out very well for a small kitchen space.

3. Today’s appliance manufacturers have come up with more compact space-saving appliances make small kitchen design easier, such as refrigerators that are 24 inches deep instead of 30 inches deep, as well as appliances that can be hung underneath cabinets like microwaves.

4. Other small kitchen design tricks to create an eating area in the kitchen include using a drop table or a small sized round table with two small chairs that can be tucked into a corner. Or a built-in counter along the wall with chairs to provide an eating nook.

5. Another interesting challenge in small kitchen design is creating an illusion of space with under cabinet lighting or under the counter. With the proper type of lighting the kitchen can be made to appear larger and more pleasing.

6. The use of light coloured cabinets with glass doors.

7. Installing deeper counters that can accommodate more appliances and increase work space.

8. Flooring tiles can be placed on a diagonal, and in galley-style kitchen hardwood flooring can be run the length of the kitchen.

9. For storage you can hang up pots and pans. This is a perfect way to free up cabinet space, and they add a certain charm and character to your small kitchen design. The insides of cabinet doors can be used to hang up everything from utensils, oven mitts, and other miscellaneous items. Pantry storage with units that go all the way to the ceiling with the upper cabinets to provide more space for seldom used items while making the lower cabinets more accessible with rollout shelves, lazy susans, and tilt-out bins.

10. Pull-out larder units like the one pictured are a perfect space-saving solution.

See more solutions here.


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